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Sugar Gliders at home

March 13, 2011

Recent checks of nestboxes installed on three Flowerdale and Strath Creek properties since the Black Saturday fires have shown Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) occupying a number of the boxes, with more than one glider in at least two of them.  These delightful little animals seem to have readily taken to their artificial homes; but the importance of checking them was emphasised when a clutch of Common Myna eggs was found in one box.  Other boxes showed signs of occupancy such as chewing around the entrance or nest material inside.

The pictured gliders clearly had not read the label – as this box was designed for rosellas !

The boxes were all donated, and were made by various groups such as Rotary, La Trobe University’s Wildlife Sanctuary and even inmates of Dhurringile Prison.

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